The elders of Kaleo are appointed by God to shepherd and lead the flock of Kaleo. It is our desire to lead this Church through this culture in a way pleasing to the Lord. Leading is not always easy nor pleasurable but as God continues to work through us by washing his church with His word the Lord is presenting himself a radiant church. The Elders of Kaleo convene regularly to discuss matters of sound theology, direction for the Church, and discipline with love for the people at Kaleo. We wish to preach, teach, and counsel to the glory of God. These matters are not taken lightly but with utter importance as we look onto all areas of Kaleo Fellowship. The provided help from the deacons of Kaleo continue to enable us to do what God has commanded. Our desire is that we would be a Church that strives to live in accordance to the Bible and enjoy all that God has given to his people. For more on the subject of eldership, read this abridgment of Biblical Eldership : An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Eldership by Alexander Strauch.
Qualifications for an elder
A. Must be above reproach (Titus 1:6; 1 Tim. 3:2)
B. Husband of one wife (Titus 1:6; 1 Tim. 3:2).
C. Household must be in order with children who believe (Titus 1 :6; 1 Tim. 3:4).
D. Not a new convert (1 Tim. 3:6).
E. Self controlled and temperate (Titus 1:7; 1 Tim. 3:2).
F. Honorable, hospitable, seeking good (Titus 1:7).
G. Have a good reputation ( 1 Tim. 3:7 ).
H. Not addicted to wine ( 1 Tim. 3:3 ).
I. Not greedy ( 1 Tim. 3:3 ).
J. Able to exhort (teach) sound doctrine ( Titus 1:9 ; 1 Tim. 3:2 ).
K. Able to refute false teaching ( Titus 1:9 ).
L. They must be ready to earn their own living if necessary ( Acts 20:17 , 33-35 ).
The Covenants of Elders to the Church:
A. Covenant to shepherd and care upon the flock ( Heb. 13:17 , 1 Peter 5:2 , I Thes . 5:12 ).
B. Covenant to the tasks of teaching the whole counsel of GodÂ's Word ( 1 Tim. 5:17 ; Titus 1:5 ,9 , Gal. 6:6 , Acts 20:27-28 ).
C. Covenant to help the church become equipped to serve Christ ( Eph. 4:11-13 ).
D. Covenant to be on guard against false teachers ( Acts 20:28-31 ).
E. Covenant to help the church in times of need ( Jm . 2:14-17 )
F. Covenant to exercise church discipline when necessary ( Matt. 18-15-20 , I Cor . 5 ; Gal. 6:1 ).
G. Covenant to live as example to the flock ( 1 Peter 5:3 , 1 Tim. 4:12 ).
H. Covenant to anoint and pray for the sick ( James 5:14 ).
I. Covenant to the tasks of acting as judge ( Acts 15:2 ,6 , 22-29 ; 16:4 ).
J. Covenant that the elders and deacons will meet the criteria assigned to them in the Scriptures ( see above qualifications )
Ephesians 4: 11-16 (One Body Many Spiritual Gifts)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ-- 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.